Plot: What’s it about?
A young, idealistic police officer tries to intervene in a strange sacrifice, but as he soon discovers, that could have been a serious mistake. This ritual was being held in the steamy jungles of Thailand, as a priest over the Worm Tribe was prepared to sacrifice a young woman from the tribe, until our hero arrived and altered the plans. But he has taken more from this encounter than pride in a job well done, as he is now stricken with the seven blood curses. Now his veins begin to explode in blood gushers, but when the seventh burst happens, he is doomed to perish. The young woman he saved manages to garner a temporary cure that lasts one year, but now he must find a permanent antidote. Of course, this means he must return to the Thailand jungles where he was cursed and that means trouble, all kind of it and in forms no one has even imagined before. As he gets closer to getting his cure, he must battle the Worm Tribe, some supernatural monsters, and even a very unusual old man, who seems to be more dead than alive.
A supernatural horror film with some good fight scenes and even better gore effects, The Seventh Curse is a fun flick and one that fans of offbeat horror cinema won’t want to miss. It has some outlandish moments and no one really seems to be scared of the monsters, but this one still delivers and is well worth a look. I was very pleased with the production values here, as even with a low (by U.S. standards) budget, The Seventh Curse has great set pieces and even better special effects, which play a vital role in the picture. Some great costumes, makeup work, and of course over the top gore effects can all be seen and on the whole, all are executed well and look very good. The gore is coupled by intense action also, which spices the film up even more and ensures there simply isn’t a dull moment to be found. In the end, this is an off the wall flick that more than deserves a rental, if you’re a fan of unusual, supernatural horror movies.
His role in The Seventh Curse is a supporting one, but I still think Chow Yun Fat is the performer to single out of this unusual picture. Perhaps best known for his work wielding a couple handguns or otherwise being involved in action sequences, he has also handled other genres, including the downright bizarre, such as this flick. I wouldn’t say his performance is great in the traditional sense, but he brings a lot to the movie and in truth, it is just humorous to see him within such an offbeat effort, I think. This is by no means his usual kind of role, but I think he made the right to be involved, as the movie is a memorable one. You can also see him in such films as Full Contact, Hard Boiled, Anna and the King, The Replacement Killers, The Killer, Treasure Hunt, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The cast also includes Chin Siu Ho (Fist of Legend, Mr. Vampire), Maggie Cheung (Ashes of Time, The Heroic Trio), and Dick Wei (Horrible High Heels, Pedicab Driver).
Video: How does it look?
The Seventh Curse is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This is a better looking edition than I had expected, but some flaws still surface, mostly the usual Asian cinema problems. The print is a little worn at times and shows some grain, but it isn’t too bad and when compared to most Asian films from this period, The Seventh Curse looks great, so no worries. The contrast isn’t as stark as I would like, but it looks well balanced and shows no serious errors, so I won’t complain much. On the whole, this is a more than solid treatment, so fans shouldn’t hesitate to give this release a spin.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included Dolby Digital 5.1 option is quite active, but don’t expect a refined, dynamic experience. I think this sounds as good as we could hope for however, given the film’s age and what not. The scenes that need an audio boost have it and then some, so there is some surround presence, though it is never forced, which is good news. The sound effects are loud and clear, as well as placed in the right locations, while the musical score sounds good also. No complaints as far as dialogue either, it all sounds clean and crisp, although I don’t speak either of the included languages. This disc includes audio options in Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as subtitles in English, Chinese (both traditional & simplified), Japanese, French, Bahasa, and Korean.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes some talent files, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.